Generally favorable reviews - based on 21 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 21
  2. Negative: 0 out of 21
  1. Reviewed by: Ken Fox
    Beautifully acted, structurally sophisticated heart-tugger.
  2. It's a gentle look at people who cut themselves off from others and realize consequences too late. If Southern Baptists believed in karma, this would be their touchstone.
  3. Kirkman is shrewd enough to coax a wistful performance out of pretty boy Kip Pardue.
  4. 75
    Developments unfold according to the needs of the characters. The movie is not about springing surprises on us, but about showing these people in a process of discovery. The performances are not pitched toward melodrama; the actors all find the right notes and rhythms for scenes in which life goes on and everything need not be solved in three lines of dialogue.
  5. 75
    This movie takes its sweet time wrapping together three related tales set in various regions of North Carolina -- to ultimately devastating effect.
  6. Reviewed by: Ty Burr
    Slow, unadorned, compassionate, and earnest, Loggerheads is a low-fi throwback to the independent films of the 1980s and '90s.
  7. 70
    Undeniably precious, it may make some viewers fidgety, but others will find that the reflective melancholy that overcomes both director and cast (all superb) is a sweet contagion.
  8. For a film in a naturalistic mode, Loggerheads gets a shade too elliptical at its finish but still leaves a deep impression as to how irrevocable life's choices can be.
  9. If it isn't easy being any of the troubled people wandering through the film, Loggerheads makes it easy not only to believe in them, but to care about them as well.
  10. In the third story, set in Asheville, N.C., that excellent actress Hunt guides us steadily through what could be a minefield of sentimentality.
  11. 60
    If Loggerheads sometimes feels too forced, it features some unforgettable performances, especially by Hunt, an accomplished comedienne who makes an impressive debut as a dramatic lead here.
  12. 60
    This has its sappy moments, but both women give wonderfully detailed performances, aided by Michael Learned as Hunt's mother and Chris Sarandon as the calm, cold minister.
  13. Full of compassion and good intentions, but Kirkman never spins the stories into compelling cinema.
  14. A drama that is more contemplative at times than dramatic yet one containing several powerful moments.
  15. 50
    It's all in the telling, and Loggerheads practically aches with its own heal-the-world earnestness.
  16. Hunt and, especially, Harper do excellent work rounding out sketchily-written roles. But Pardue, who offers little beyond movie-star looks, is either miscast or genuinely unable to grasp his character's intense longing and insecurity.
  17. There's so much ache in this plaintive little film that it almost makes you believe that the entire world is composed of estranged parents and children searching in vain for one another.
  18. 50
    A little less earnestness could have done this movie some good.
  19. Reviewed by: Dennis Harvey
    A respectably crafted, earnest ensemble drama.
  20. Reviewed by: Bob Westal
    As impatient as I was with Loggerheads, I can't hate it. The sincerity of its performances is too real; its compassion for its characters is too strong. On the other hand, I haven't mentioned yet that the loggerhead is a species of turtle.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 6 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 2
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 2
  3. Negative: 1 out of 2
  1. PhilA.
    Jan 30, 2006
    For me this was a personal story. It was set in the area I grew-up. It tells an interesting story that many will find hard to believe, but I believed it could happen. These characters are "everyman" in the area. I liked the way the story progressed as three stories and did not find it at all hard to follow. In fact I thought it was very well done. I found the movie both happy and sad and was surprised by the ending. Full Review »
  2. BrookE.
    Oct 21, 2005
    I'm sorry, but to me this film felt so very forced in its attempt at pathos. Plus, its annoyingly chopped-up timeline makes its plot details frustratingly hard to sort through in order to reach any satisfaction about the ending. I really could not understand why the majority of the Sundance audience I saw this with seemed to like it. I did not. It reminded me of my experience with another maddening film, "The United States of Leland," wherein the filmmakers offer no real insight into the subject and themes upon which they are ostensibly trying to shine a light. See it if you're in the mood for quiet contemplation with no real possibility for transcendence. Full Review »